Happy St. Patty’s Day to everyone. This holiday was alot more fun in college, when it was acceptable to be drunk all day. Speaking of drunks, if you haven’t heard of Matt Frattin yet, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite Leaf prospects. The 5’11, 185 lb Canadian winger currently plays for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, and is in his junior season. The Leafs drafted this kid in 2007, after he scored 83 points and 75 penalty minutes in 58 games in the AJHL. Frattin has been solid for UND, but has gotten more press for his off-ice antics than his play. Last summer, he and Capitals’ prospect Joe Finley were arrested and kicked off the team after amusing themselves by getting wasted and throwing all kinds of kitchen furniture, plates and a lawnmower off their roof and onto the street below. He was re-instated this season, and recently earned a suspension for this hit in the Fighting Sioux’s playoff game against Minnesota. Something tells me Brian Burke might be able to find a place for this kid on the team in the next few seasons.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
This is an oldie, but if you haven’t read it, and you’re a Leafs fan in need of a little pick me up, take the time out to check out DGB’s Top 17 Wendel Clark moments. [Down Goes Brown]
With the regular season winding down, there will be no shortage of player reviews and team analysis coming in the next month or so. Here’s a player-by-player review of the Leafs’ defensive corps. [Pension Plan Puppets]
One of the most criticized Leaf players at the beginning of the season was sophomore d-man Luke Schenn. I am personally a huge fan of the kid, and think he has the potential to play a major role in the Leafs’ rebuild. Alex Tran from the Maple Leafs Hot Stove apparently agrees with me. [MLHS]
Finally, one of my new favorite websites is hockeyanalysis.com. The guys there do a great job of breaking down all kinds of stats for all the teams in the league. Here’s a couple of their more recent posts on the Leafs: the first one looks at how the Leafs’ young roster has been so successful in the last two weeks, and here, they take an interesting look at a not-so-well-known stat that shows how valuable Nikolai Kulemin really is.